GP Europe: x-ray: as well faced the riders the race in Baku


The first day in Azerbaijan was much less rugged than expected, and the Baku City Circuit did not give too many problems to the riders and organizers. Although the past of braking were constant, occurred in areas in which the loopholes were present and only Daniel Ricciardo saw as a blow against the protections you had time on track. As was to be expected in the case of an asphalt is completely new, the evolution of the grip was very strong and the times are reduced between two and three seconds in most cases, with Lewis Hamilton as the clear dominator of the first day.

The Mercedes were the two ends of the final round of qualifying, with Nico Rosberg as poleman and Lewis Hamilton falling last after committing several errors and, finally, to break the suspension on impact against the barriers at the approach to the castle. Behind, the Spanish did not have a good day, staying away from your goal of entering in Q3.

below, we review a pilot to pilot the highlight of your weekend.


Lewis Hamilton

Friday: Had a puncture slow that interrupted a long run, but the car behaved very well.

Saturday: did Not feel comfortable after the changes in the car and ended up against the barriers after multiple errors, breaking the suspension.

Nico Rosberg

Friday: he Suffered a broken engine in the second session, but it was a unit with many miles.

Saturday: Had to abort his first attempt for an error of Hamilton in front of it, and must do the time from pole in the second.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
HAM 1:46.435 (1) 1:44.223 (1) 23+33 1:44.352 (1) 17 1:44.259 (2nd) 1:43.526 (2nd) 2:01.954 (10th)
ROS 1:46.812 (2nd) 1:44.913 (2nd) 32+26 1:44.610 (2nd) 22 1:43.685 (1) 1:42.520 (1) 1:42.758 (1º)



Sebastian Vettel

Friday: It is difficult to find points of reference for braking, because many of the areas of the circuit are equal and there are no objects distinct. Need to find more speed.

Saturday: The difference with Mercedes is remarkable, but he is confident that the race will provide opportunities to get a great result.

Kimi Räikkönen

Friday: The main problem was to run the tires, especially in the first few laps of every stint. Had to stop before time because of a problem in the MGU-K (recovery of thermal energy).

Saturday: Happy, the car has improved a lot compared to the previous day. could Not take advantage of the new set of super-softs for the red flag and, after the restart, found traffic.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
VET 1:48.627 (5th) 1:46.219 (8th) 26+36 1:45.630 (5th) 20 1:45.062 (11th) 1:44.461 (6th) 1:43.966 (4th)
RAI 1:49.635 (12th) 1:46.694 (13th) 16+32 1:46.024 (10th) 16 1:44.936 (9th) 1:44.533 (8th) 1:44.269 (5th)


Valtteri Bottas

Friday: Keep the good expectations with regards to this weekend, but need to improve in regards to the tires.

Saturday: Found traffic in the two attempts in Q3, losing by about five tenths.

Felipe Massa

Friday: Day complicated, had problems to generate enough temperature in the tires.

Saturday: Happy with the result after the problems of free. Not able to make a last attempt after the red flag and made a mistake in the last corner of his fast lap.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
BOT 1:47.096 (3rd) 1:45.764 (4th) 34+35 1 1:44.706 (6th) 1:44.477 (7th) 1:45.246 (8th)
MORE 1:49.125 (8th) 1:47.060 (16th) 22+28 1:46.510 (14th) 20 1:45.494 (13th) 1:44.696 (10th) 1:44.483 (6th)

Red Bull

Daniel Ricciardo

Friday: he Suffered an accident in the curve 15 during the first session. Need to find more grip through the improvement of the use of the tyres.

Saturday: has Made mistakes in his first attempt of Q3, but the team allowed him to give a last lap without traffic.

Max Verstappen

Friday: Problems to find the ideal of the car, lack of grip.

Saturday: he Lost his first attempt for the red flag and, after her, Bottas was annoyed and made him lose time.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
RIC 1:49.778 (13th) 1:46.293 (10th) 17+32 1:45.620 (4th) 13 1:44.570 (4th) 1:44.141 (4th) 1:43.966 (3rd)
SEE 1:50.485 (16th) 1:46.068 (7th) 7+35 1:45.901 (7th) 14 1:44.939 (10th) 1:44.387 (5th) 1:45.570 (9th)

Force India

Sergio Perez

Friday: Very happy with the car and with fun in the circuit.

Saturday: very Pleased with which, possibly, is the best qualifying lap that has made, maximizing the grip and the edge with the barriers in all the curves.

Nico Hülkenberg

Friday: The car has shown to be balanced at all times and the improvement has been constant throughout the day.

Saturday: he spun in the curve 16 in his first attempt in Q2 and, in the second, found traffic.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
PER 1:48.922 (6th) 1:45.336 3rd) 17+37 1:45.735 (6th) 17 1:44.462 (3rd) 1:43.939 (3rd) 1:43.515 (2nd)
HUL 1:49.301 (10th) 1:45.920 (5th) 27+37 1:45.540 (3rd) 18 1:44.860 (8th) 1:44.824 (12º)



Kevin Magnussen

Friday: has Improved a lot in the second session, in which the car was much more balanced.

Saturday: The car is not given for more in this circuit. Tried to look for alternatives with the eupsta-to-point, but it didn’t work.

Jolyon Palmer

Friday: you Need to find a better balance in the fast corners.

Saturday: His first attempt was ruined by an error and, when he was going to improve much in the second, had to abort it for the yellow flags.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
MAG 1:50.939 (19th) 1:47.329 (17th) 27+38 1:47.024 (16th) 16 1:46.638 (21º)
PAL 1:50.910 (18th) 1:47.794 (20th) 25+35 1:47.158 (18th) 18 1:46.394 (22nd)

Toro Rosso

Daniil Kvyat

Friday: Had problems to find the right setting in the first session, improved in the second, though with a lot to improve still.

Saturday: Very happy to have had a qualifying session trouble-free and have improved in line with the state of the track.

Carlos Sainz

Friday: Very happy with the circuit, in which he quite enjoyed. The car behaved very well.

Saturday: a Lot of problems with the brakes, that changed for free 3, and that did not improve in qualifying.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
KVY 1:50.551 (17th) 1:46.744 (14th) 19+35 1:45.981 (9th) 19 1:44.694 (5th) 1:44.687 (9th) 1:44.717 (7th)
UPS 1:49.267 (9th) 1:46.027 (6th) 16+35 1:46.190 (12th) 17 1:44.827 (7th) 1:45.000 (13º)


Marcus Ericsson

Friday: A problem in the exhaust during the first session forcing the team to change the engine, but finished on time for the second session.

Saturday: Found traffic with their two sets of tyres. With the last game, tried to risk, but lightly touched the barriers and lost even more time.

Felipe Nasr

Friday: Lost time on track for damages in one of the tires during the first session. Used the engine in Monaco, which has a deficit of power.

Saturday: Very happy with the result, beating his mate, to the Manor and to the Renault.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
ERI 1:50.473 (15th) 1:47.772 (19th) 18+22 1:47.328 (19th) 14 1:46.231 (20º)
NAS 1:51.771 (21st) 1:48.081 (22nd) 11+38 1:47.379 (20th) 18 1:45.549 (16th) 1:46.048 (16º)


Fernando Alonso

Friday: After rolling in on the circuit, believes that the expectations of the team should be more optimistic and Q3 is possible.

Saturday: Day very complicated, with a lot of traffic in the Q1. Then, in Q2, has not been able to get the most out of the car with the traffic and the yellow flag that has prevented him from opening the DRS in the last lap.

Jenson Button

Friday: Think that the first session was better than expected but, when the track gained grip, both he and his companion returned to positions much more real. Have to work more with the aerodynamic balance, the composed super-soft and the oversteer.

Saturday: Changed the brakes for the Q1 and you did a flat tire on your first attempt. He thought that there would be a need to change the game, but it was not so and was eliminated.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
ALO 1:47.989 (4th) 1:46.498 (11th) 21+27 1:46.131 (11th) 16 1:45.525 (15th) 1:45.270 (14th)
BUT 1:49.019 (7th) 1:46.234 (9th) 21+32 1:45.954 (8th) 17 1:45.804 (19º)



Pascal Wehrlein

Friday: The changes between sessions did not work and the behavior of the car was worse.

Saturday: could Not open the DRS for a yellow flag on her first try and in the second had excessive degradation.

Rio Haryanto

Friday: The opposite of his companion, managed to improve the car in the second session, being especially happy with the soft compound.

Saturday: Very pleased with the result, despite have not been able to do a second quick lap with his last set of tyres.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
WEH 1:51.219 (20th) 1:48.018 (21st) 24+36 1:47.100 (17th) 19 1:45.570 (18º)
HAR 1:51.925 (22nd) 1:47.487 (18th) 28+33 1:47.556 (21st) 18 1:45.665 (17º)


Romain Grosjean

Friday: The descent of temperature of the second session made things difficult, but found a good set up. The tires have worked best in the last few races and maybe the Q3 is possible.

Saturday: Started with many brake problems in Q1, but finally got a clean lap and the car has improved a lot in Q2.

Esteban Gutierrez

Friday: Had a small brush with the barrier in the second session, but nothing serious. Happy with the evolution of the car and having found more grip than expected.

Saturday: Had many brake problems and tried to compensate for risk, but made a mistake and was unable to improve his time.

Pilot Free 1 Free 2 Rows L1+L2 Free 3 Vtas Q1 Q2 Q3
GRO 1:49.611 (11th) 1:46.681 (12th) 20+29 1:46.361 (13th) 21 1:45.507 (14th) 1:44.755 (11th)
GUT 1:50.167 (14th) 1:46.830 (15th) 25+26 1:46.670 (15th) 21 1:45.300 (12th) 1:45.349 (15th)

The decisions of the commissioners

  • Sergio Pérez is punished with a five-seater for having replaced the gearbox before the age of the cycle of six consecutive races.
  • Romain Grosjean is investigated for disturbing Ericsson, but no actions are taken against him.
  • Esteban Gutierrez is investigated for disturbing Ericsson, but no action is taken against him.


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